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Clare and Francis

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A major epic feature film on the lives of St. Clare and St. Francis of Assisi shot on location in Italy by the Italian film company Lux Vide, the producers of Saint Rita, Pope John Paul II and St. John Bosco. This outstanding movie is unique among films on St. Francis because of the historical accuracy of the story and its authentic spirit of joy and piety Francis was known for, as well as the major role played by Clare who is given equal stature with Francis. The two leads are played by very appealing performers, Mary Petruolo and Ettore Bassi, who give genuinely inspiring and beautifully moving performances of the daughter of a patrician family and the son of a rich merchant who leave all to follow Christ. Francis renounces his inheritance of wealth to live the Gospel and serve the poor and outcasts. Clare reads deep into his heart and decides to follow him, leaving her home and family to give herself as the bride of Christ. Both found major religious orders and together they inspire many to follow their radical call to live the Gospel, and their impact has even reached across the centuries to change the world.

Special Features: A 16 page booklet by Tim Drake with study questions, biographies of St. Clare and St. Francis, and resource list. Behind the scenes featurette and a special "Making of Clare and Francis" featurette with Franciscan Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, Preacher to the Papal Household.

This DVD includes the following language tracks: English and Italian language, Spanish & English subtitles.


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Product Details

  • Actors: Mary Petruolo and Ettore Bassi
  • Directors: Fabrizio Costa
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Ignatius Press
  • DVD Release Date: October 15, 2008
  • Run Time: 200 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001EPKKUK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,538 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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85 of 87 people found the following review helpful By A. Ryan on December 18, 2008
I agree with the other reviewer's that this is surely the best film yet on St. Francis and St. Clare. Some of the things that stand out about it are:
- historical accuracy - it follows the historical details closer than the other films on the lives of these popular saints, including such scenes usually not in other films like their creation of the first living Nativity scene, Francis meeting with the head of the Muslims during the Crusades, and Francis encountering the dangerous wolf who befriends him
- greater presence of Clare - in all other films Clare is more of a secondary character, but in this film she is clearly given equal status and importance as Francis, with her name even appearing first in the film title
- combines authentic spirituality with social concern - this film really balances the deep spiritual focus of both saints with their love and concern for others
- exquisite cinematography, and uniformly excellent acting performances

This is a very beautifully produced film with outstanding acting performance by the two leads, as well as the rest of the cast.

Plus the DVD includes some nice "extras" like good film segments on the "Making of" and "Behind the scenes". And a wonderful Collector's Booklet with saint bios, film commentary, study questions, color photos, etc.

Bottom line - this film version has it all and is a real cinematic and spiritual treasure. Get it!
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By C. Ferry on November 16, 2008
The best and most historically accurate dramatization to date of the saints of Assisi. Well acted, especially the characterization of Francis.
Thoughtful and moving. The writing and direction take special care to show how Francis and Clare progress from lives of privilege to lives of joyful poverty for God. The film gets better with repeated viewings, as subtle nuances may be missed if seen only once!
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By 1tim315 on January 1, 2009
I received this movie as a Christmas present. Since Christmas, I have watched the movie 5 times (almost once a day during the Octave!). I would recommend this to anyone who loves these two Great Saints or who want to get to know them. I hope to begin a deeper study of them myself as I continue my own journey as a Third Order Capuchin.
I hope they come out with a soundtrack as well, for the music is magnificent!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By L. Aguilar on January 18, 2009
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This movie is an excellent portrayal of the lives of Saints Francis and Clare. It is very moving and inspiring. Good script, well acted, and the spiritual and religious elements in the lives of Francis and Clare are woven excellently in the movie. Two of my nephews, 15 and 11 of age, watched this movie and said that they really liked it a lot. The 15 year old told me that it's the best movie he has ever seen.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jorge Lozano Romo on April 21, 2009
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This is not another Saint Francis's movie, it's a new way to see the life of Saint Francis and Clase of Assisi. The movie has scenes never seen in another movies, for example the visit with the Sultan in the Holy Land in the crusade times it's one of my favorities.
In summary: It a good buy if you like St. Francis and his spirituality or if you wish to know about him
Comes with english and italian audio and enlish and spanish subtitles.
At the end of the movie Fr. Reinero Cantalamessa OFM in interview explain the movie.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By K. Ostrowski on February 4, 2010
I've always been something of a fan of many of the saints, and one of my favorites was Francis of Assisi; who not only accomplished a great many fantastic things in his life, by following the will of God, but received a visible stigmata, and worked numerous miracles through prayer, and faith in God.

Of all the people in human history, I think that there have been maybe two dozen who've seen as many miracles as Saint Francis, yet this movie depicts only a couple of them.

In some ways, this is a good thing, because it allows the story to be approached from a new perspective; the perspective of Clare herself. The majority of the movie focuses on Clare; her hurtles and motivations in the path she chooses, and includes Francis only in instances where you need to know about him to really understand what Clare did. It's certainly different from the usual approach, and given the approach that it takes, it does remarkably well.

The story is involving, moving, and really brings out the characters of Francis and Clare, as people, struggling to do God's work in a world where their self-imposed poverty is seen as a mockery to their friends and family; to the rich and poor alike. It's a fantastic story about faith, and a beautiful tale in more ways than one.

However, there's also a problem with this type of approach; in that by focusing on the lives of Clare and Francis, and what kind of people they were, the focus is somewhat drawn away from the one person who was the true star in the life of every saint.

Miracles are not neccesary in order to make a religious movie good. I think Pope John XXIII proved that rather handily.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dorothy on December 30, 2009
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My love for St. Francis of Assisi began fifty years ago. This film came recommended to me and was not a disappointment. The presentation of key parts of the lives of Francis and Clare flowed smoothly, and the addition of Clare enhanced the profound points that needed to be made.

Beautiful photography, appropriate musical background, and vivid imagary of the times in which Francis lived added to the message.
It is obedience and humility that reforms and renews the Church, and continues to do so.

Dorothy B.
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